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Graduate Students

Composition and Rhetoric Program

picture of Kate ArtzKate Artz

Kate is a first year Composition & Rhetoric PhD student with an MA/MAT in English from Salem State University. Her academic and research interests include feminist and queer theory, digital and multimodal composition, critical pedagogy, feminist history, and women’s writing and rhetorics.

picture of Joshua BarsczewskiJoshua Barsczewski

Joshua was raised in a tiny town in rural Pennsylvania, and came to UMass after first getting a BA from University of Pittsburgh. His scholarly interests center around pedagogy and queer/working class identities; more specifically, he is interested in exploring how queered and classed identities are activated, circulated, and coopted within academic spaces. This year, he is working as an Assistant Director of the Writing Center.

Ashley Canter

Ashley is an MA/PhD student studying Rhetoric and Composition. Specifically, she is interested in transnational feminism, feminist rhetoric historiography, and the digital humanities. Currently, she is a Teaching Associate in the Writing Program.

picture of Robin GarabedianRobin Garabedian

Robin is a lifelong Massachusetts resident in the final stages of coursework. She is interested in writing centers, literacy studies, and writing as social action.

Travis D. Grandy

Travis Grandy is a Doctoral student studying Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research areas include discourse & genre studies, disability & queer studies, writing in new media, and writing across the curriculum. Travis has taught courses on first year composition, writing in social media, and writing center studies. Travis is Assistant Director at the UMass Amherst Writing Center, and he also works as a coordinator for the UMass Junior Year Writing Program. Travis’s areas of interest outside of the academy include reading science fiction, modern & contemporary art, finding the best apple cider donuts in the Pioneer Valley (currently Mike's Maze in Sunderland, MA). Read more about him at his website,

Andrea Griswold

I have been teaching primarily middle school English for over twenty years, and I currently teach in Shelburne Falls, where I live with my husband and where we raised our five children. Because I am passionate about middle school, I have been connecting my studies to my teaching. My main area of interest is writing revision and how it supports a critical pedagogy. I aim to write my dissertation on the study that I will be conducting this year in my 8th grade classroom.

My family is my main interest outside of work and graduate school. I am also lucky to live near several places that sell top-notch soft serve ice cream.

Florianne Jimenez

Florianne (but most people call her Bo) received her MA in composition and rhetoric from UMass in 2015, and is currently completing her comprehensive exams for the PhD. She was born and raised in the Philippines, and received her BA in English from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She is interested in how theories of writing and rhetoric can be informed by non-Western contexts. She is also interested in scholarship on language difference and identity. She brings this interest to her current position as Multilingual Writing Consultant at the UMass Writing Center, where she helps train tutors on working with multilingual writers.

In her spare time, she cooks, scouts the best food in the Valley, and spins. She is also a columnist for InsideHigherEd's Gradhacker, where she writes about productivity, work/life balance, teaching, and diversity. Read Florianne's blog posts on Inside Higher Ed.

picture of Mikala JonesMikala Jones

Mikala is a first year MA/PhD student from Blairsville, Georgia, and she holds a BA in English Literature from Young Harris College. While her scholarly interests continue to shift, her predominate focuses are prison writing programs, community-engaged pedagogy, and writing program administration. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading Appalachian poetry, and volunteering. Her website, though a work in progress, can be accessed here:

picture of Elena Kalodner-MartinElena Kalodner-Martin

Elena Kalodner-Martin is in the MA/PhD program in Composition and Rhetoric, where her scholarly interests include writing centers, digital humanities, and the rhetoric of health and medicine. She currently teaches College Writing and works for Odyssey, examining the rhetoric of online communities and viral articles. She graduated with a B.S. in English from Towson University.

picture of Jenny KrichevskyJenny Krichevsky

Jenny received her BA in English Literature and her MA in English with a specialization in Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Currently she is writing her dissertation project, which investigates the ways in which transnational and multilingual families transmit literacy and language values across space and time, through generations and geopolitical boundaries. Jenny is also a WID fellow in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, where she supports faculty and undergraduates in pedagogy and writing. Additionally, Jenny works with the Junior Year Writing Program and the University Writing Committee to develop programs and support writing at all stages of undergraduate learning. Outside of WAC/WID work and writing, she spends time walking her dog, scouting out the valley’s different fruit-picking spots, and invariably falling into various Twitter rabbit holes.

Jeremy Levine

Jeremy is a first-year MA/PhD Rhet/Comp student from Long Island, New York. His research interests include discourse studies, genre, pedagogy, audio rhetoric, but he hopes to expand and change these ideas as he spends more time at UMass.

picture of Kate LittererKate Litterer

Kate is a PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition with plans to graduate in 2019. She received her MFA in Poetry from UMass Amherst in 2013 and her MA in Rhetoric and Composition from UMass Amherst in 2015. Her research focuses on queer and feminist historiography, specifically in terms of the effect mid-twentieth century U.S. lesbian periodicals had on identity creation and community building. Her article, "'The Third Sex is Here to Stay': Rhetorical Reconstructions of Lesbian Sexuality in Vice Versa," was published in the Journal of Lesbian Studies in the Summer of 2017, and her first book of poetry, Ghosty Boo, was published by A-Minor Press in 2016. Find out more about her publications (both creative and scholarly) at her website,

picture of Kelin LoeKelin Loe

Kelin Loe is a PhD Candidate in Rhetoric and Composition. She holds an MFA in Poetry (2012) and an MA in Rhetoric and Composition (2014) both from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is interested in the affective, sensory, and ambient registers of contemporary rhetorical production and circulation under late capitalism. Her work is informed by postcolonial, critical race, intersectional feminist, queer, and disability theories. Her chapter “Let’s Listen with Our Feet: Animals, Neurodivergence, Vulnerability, and Haptic Rhetoricity,” is forthcoming in Rhetorical Animals: Boundaries of the Human in the Study of Persuasion, edited by Kristian Bjørkdahl and Alex Parrish (Lexington Books, 2018). Her first full-length collection of poems is These Are the Gloria Stories (Factory Hollow, 2014). She received the Creative Access Fellowship for a writer with disabilities for a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. She is the winner of several English department awards: the Gibson Award for the best graduate student paper on rhetoric and composition; the Glosband MFA Fellowship in Poetry, for poets of exceptional merit; the Slosberg Memorial Award, for substantial achievement in poetry. Kelin is from Minneapolis, MN. She enjoys training service dogs and seeing superhero movies on opening night. More information can be found at

Liane Malinowski

I am a PhD Candidate in Composition and Rhetoric. My dissertation, "Women's Rhetorics of Space on Chicago's West Side, 1899-1910," is a historiography that explores the rhetorical practices of women who lived and worked at Hull House, a settlement house. Specifically, I examine Hull House women's claims to the spaces of home, neighborhood, and city. My areas of scholarly interest include feminist rhetorics, nineteenth-century rhetoric, rhetorics of space, and community literacy. Currently, I work as a writing consultant in the Graduate School's Office of Professional Development. Visit my website at

picture of Rebecca PettitiRebecca Pettiti

Rebecca is a third year PhD student, whose research interests include digital circulation, multimodal pedagogies, and human rights rhetoric. She holds a BA in English from Bridgewater State University and an MA in English, with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition, from Northeastern University. Rebecca teaches first-year composition for the UMass Writing Program, and has worked as the Writing Program's Instructional Technology Coordinator for the past two years. She also serves as the Graduate Assistant for the UMass General Education Council. Outside of her research and teaching, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and coffee.

picture of Danielle PappoDanielle Pappo

Danielle is a MA/PhD in Composition and Rhetoric. She came to U Mass Amherst in 2016 from Seattle, WA, where she graduated from Seattle University with a B.A. in creative writing. She is interested in all things literacy studies and writing centers, and over the next few years she hopes to build her knowledge of the medical and health humanities through a rhetorical and composition/ pedagogical lens. Alongside her graduate life, she is a poet.

Thomas John Pickering

I am a doctoral candidate with research interests in digital writing economies, media theory, writing and algorithms, writing and machines, intellectual property, and the digital humanities. I received my masters in rhetoric and composition at Washington State University. 

Kyle Piscioniere

Tori Sheldon

picture of Sarah Mazun StetsonSarah Mazun Stetson

Sarah came to the Rhetoric and Composition program after receiving an MFA in Poetry from Queens College, CUNY, where she began to explore her interest in composition pedagogy, higher education studies, and literacy studies. At UMass, the questions she's been pursuing are about family literacy, literacy in religious communities, and ethnographic methodology. Here is a link to a great small press, Argos Books, and to an anthology they published, Why I Am Not A Painter, which she helped edit.

Mitchell Wells